The Audi name has been around since 1899, so there is no way to comprehensively list all of the great cars that the German automaker has produced over the years. But, we're going to do our best by listing the top 10 Audi models ever built based on historical significance, performance, and overall desirability.
Whether you're wondering what Audi models offer the best performance for motor sports or simply want to learn more about these fantastic cars, perhaps choosing one for your family vehicle, read on for everything you need to know!
Subheading: 1. Audi RS6
The Audi RS6 is a estate, but it’s unlike any you’ve seen! It has a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo engine that produces 600PS and 800 Nm of torque. Its top speed is 190 mph, and it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It comes with 8-speed automatic transmission, Quattro all-wheel-drive system, and LED headlamps as standard issue.
Subheading: 2. Audi R8
The Audi R8 has been a success story since its debut in 2006. The second-generation model was released in 2015, and it is the most powerful production car to ever wear the four rings on its nose. The 5.2L V10 engine produces 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque in the standard version, or 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft with the performance upgrade on the Spyder.
This elegant design that handles like a dream also has an all-wheel drive system as well as all-wheel steering for improved handling dynamics. It also has a low-slung seating position, ultra-responsive steering and braking system, electronic stability control, and magnetic ride control to round out its performance features.
Subheading: 3. Audi TT
The Audi TT was first introduced in 1998, and the TT is an acronym for Tourist Trophy, the famous race held on the Isle of Man. The Audi TT is a compact 2-door sports car with an FWD (or quattro) layout and was first available with a manual transmission.
The outline of the TT looks very similar to the designs of the other models from Audi but somehow it still has its own unique sporty look.
Subheading: 4. Audi S4
The Audi S4 is a performance-oriented version of the 4 Series. It has a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that generates 354 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque. Audi says that this car will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph.
Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and optional quattro all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring technology. The optional Sport rear differential can split power between the rear wheels for more dynamic cornering performance on dry pavement, or it can send extra power to the outside wheel when driving in poor weather conditions — such as rain or snow.
Subheading: 5. Audi quattro
The Audi quattro is quite simply a legendary sports coupe with permanent all-wheel drive. The name "quattro" comes from it being the first production car to have permanent four-wheel drive (and the Itialiant for four). Audi quattro cars were fitted with turbocharged engines giving them brutal acceleration for their era.
Subheading: 6. Audi A8
One of the best cars for today is the A8. This car has a wide range of engines over the years, including a 3.0-litre supercharged V6, a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, and a 6.3-litre W12 engine. These are some of the most powerful engines Audi ever made for any car.
The A8 is one of the most comfortable cars on the road, and it has one of the smoothest rides as well as a very quiet interior due to its excellent suspension system. The seats are very well-padded, and they will provide you with ultimate comfort while driving or sitting in this vehicle!
Subheading: 7. Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 was the first SUV offering from Audi and went on sale in 2006. It was based on the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform and featured a 3.0 TDI engine with 240 bhp. Audi also added a 4.2 FSI petrol engine with 350 bhp to the engine line-up two years later. (and a W12 TDI).
A second-generation model arrived in 2015 with several changes, including a longer wheelbase that increased legroom, a wider track (front & rear) for better handling, and a sharper steering response. It had a reduced weight using aluminium construction techniques borrowed from the A8 plus an updated multimedia system called MMI touch that allows users to write letters by hand on its touchpad controller or control it via voice commands.
Subheading: 8. Audi Q8
The Audi Q8 is a midsize luxury SUV. This car is one of a kind and has the power to impress anyone at first sight. The minimalistic approach taken by the designers while designing this beauty is what makes it stand apart from all its counterparts in the same segment.
The Audi Q8 comes with a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine that clocks in at 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic, which facilitates the smooth shifting of gears and provides a fantastic driving experience to the user. The drivetrain on this model is all-wheel drive, which provides amazing control and handling over different types of roads and terrains.
Subheading: 9. Audi S5 Cabriolet
The Audi S5 Cabriolet is one of the most beautiful cars on the market. The car features a cabriolet body style, a front-mounted engine driving through all four wheels, and a 2-door convertible configuration.
The S5 Cabriolet has a 3-litre engine under the hood which produces 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, giving you an acceleration of 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph… or take it higher with some upgrades!
Audi’s famous Quattro technology will keep you safely locked to the road through all weather conditions and tight corners. This machine even features an Audi Drive Select system which allows you to adjust your car’s steering, shifting, and throttle response into four separate modes: comfort, dynamic, auto, and individual, so that you can customise this car to your own personal style!
Subheading: 10. Audi S5 Sportback
The Audi S5 Sportback is an exciting car - the thing that sets it apart from its competitors is its engine and performance.
Much like any other Audi Sport model, the S5 has exceptional performance and handling because of its Quattro system, giving you great control and traction in all situations. Performance-wise, it has a 3L V6 engine similar to the one found in its A5 counterpart. However, unlike most cars in this price range, it also comes with a 4-wheel drive as standard equipment, making it suitable for any driving conditions or situation.